- Full Name Jeremiah Wayne Birkett
- Nickname Jeremiah Birkett
- Occupation Actor
- Nationality American
- Birthplace New York, USA
- Birth Date Sep 18, 1964
- Age 59 Years, 2 Months
Jeremiah Birkett | BiographyDa Tap Dance Man on Amazon Prime Series 'Them'
Birkett's character, Lee, first meets Lucifer while attempting to rob Lucifer's nightclub Lux, but the plan fails when he realizes Lucifer is the real devil. After begging for his life, Lee escapes with a hefty sum and promises Lucifer to use the money to change his life. Moreover, Lee appears at the start of Season 5 while partying on his private yacht but later gets trapped with the devil in his personal Hell loop.
Jeremiah Birkett is best known for his roles in the Netflix series Lucifer as Lee Garner and the Amazon Prime series Them as Da Tap Dance Man.
Born on 18 September 1964 in New York, Jeremiah Wayne Birkett is an actor. He disclosed he had not intended to work as an actor in a Facebook post, but he was inspired by his manager Terry Saperstein.
Birkett made his film debut as Bobby in Runaway Dreams in 1989. He has 98 acting credits to his name as of January 2022 and has made guest appearances on many TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy (2013), Dallas (2014), Modern Family (2014), Euphoria (2019), and Snowfall (2021). Birkett was most recently featured as Walt Taylor in season 5, Episode 4 of the series The Good Doctor. As of now, he is working on a new project called Mosquito.
Birkett starred in Amazon Prime Video's original series, Them as Da Tap Dance Man. The series takes place in 1953 and follows the fictional Emory family, who relocates from North Carolina to East Compton, California. They contend with hateful, racist neighbors and supernatural forces to survive there.
The show's main cast includes Deborah Ayorinde as Livia Emory, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Ruby Lee Emory, Ryan Kwanten as George Bell, Ashley Thomas as Henry Emory, Alison Pill as Elizabeth Wendell, and Melody Hurd as Gracie Emory.
Its first season aired on Netflix in 2021, which ended on a cliffhanger. The ending scene of a 'white finger' left its fan intrigued and awaiting its next season with the following story. The entitlement of whiteness is based on the assumption that they are also a "them."
His role, Da Tap Dance Man, is a character dressed in blackface with an outfit reminiscent of the representation of Black people in minstrel shows and movies. He appears to Henry in each instance when white men dismiss his work and value and reflect Henry's feelings of helplessness in protecting his family as his wife gets attacked. Henry struggles with protecting his family from the community they live in a while also not wanting to resort to violence.
Da Tap Dance Man appears to Henry as he embodies his anger and powerlessness. Additionally, he picked this image because Henry feels obligated to put on a good show for his boss, family, and community. Henry may vanquish Da Tap Dance Man by realizing that he is defined solely by himself.
Talking about his fictional character in the movie with Fangloria in 2021, he said he wanted to express his anguish, frustration, despair behind the blackface and minstrel outfit. "I wanted to make sure that when people looked at this character, that they saw this as the historic pain and anger and sorrow that African Americans go through historically, and are going through right now, "he added.
Birkett had a recurring role as Lee Garner in five episodes of Netflix's fantasy series, Lucifer, from 2016 to 2021. The show has six seasons and follows Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, played by Tom Ellis, who becomes dissatisfied with his life and abdicates his throne for five years to work as a consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department while also running his luxurious nightclub Lux.
Birkett's character, Lee, first meets Lucifer while attempting to rob Lucifer's nightclub Lux, but the plan fails when he realizes Lucifer is the real devil. After begging for his life, Lee escapes with a hefty sum and promises Lucifer to use the money to change his life.
Moreover, Lee appears at the start of Season 5 while partying but later gets trapped with the devil in his personal Hell loop. Lee is seen living the high life on his yacht, sipping champagne and partying. He excuses himself to change into a speedo, only to run into Lucifer in his bedroom.
Apparently, Lee is dead after being shot in the chest by an unknown gunman. Now, he gets to relive his ultimate moments again. On the other hand, his real identity is revealed as 53-year-old Lee Garner on earth. His boat, the Fishizzle, was purchased with the amount he should have spent paying back a high-stakes poker game.
Additionally, Lee's life of crime had estranged him from his family, with his last chance to see his parents blocked by his refusal to take part in a reunion months before his mother died.
The other major cast members include Lauren German as Detective Chloe Decker, Tom Welling as Marcus Pierce, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Daniel Espinoza, D. B. Woodside as Amenadiel Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, and Rachel Harris as Dr. Linda Martin.
Birkett has revealed no information about his personal life and hasn't mentioned having a girlfriend or wife on social media.